Situated adjacent to the Pyramids
at Giza, the Sphinx is one of the most famous landmarks in the World.
It was said to have been built by Chephren whose pyramid stands on a plateau
behind it (far left of the picture above).
With the head of a man and the body of a lion, the Sphinx stands 20m
(66ft) high. It is made of limestone which has eroded over the
millennia, but there has been some restoration work in recent years. The Sphinx
is viewed by visitors from a ramp above the pit in which it sits, but
this tends to reduce some of the impact of the statue's size.